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Announcing The Rational Writer: A to Z

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in rational writer, recent | 2 comments

Announcing  The Rational Writer: A to Z

When I was a camp counselor, the word “announcements” was an invitation to the campers to start singing a thoroughly obnoxious song, drowning out any important information that was about to be shared.  I think I can trust all of you to let me say:  The Rational Writer: A to Z is in stores today! Last year, I published The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts, a book that included legal forms and spreadsheets, all appropriate for experienced writers.  When that book hit the stands, a number of people asked me what advice I had to share...

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Z is for Zephyr

Posted by on July 15, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change. The past ten years have seen massive consolidation in the traditional publishing field, with many long-time leaders merging. Imprints have been dropped and treasured editors have been let go. Ten years ago, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing did not exist; today, it is the largest self-publishing platform for writers.  The Kindle itself had not been released, although...

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CV of Failures

Posted by on July 12, 2016 in recent, web wonders | 2 comments

CV of Failures

Last week, I read about Johannes Haushofer’s “CV of Failures.” Haushofer is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.  He wrote:  “Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible.  I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me…” And so Haushofer listed the academic things that did not work out for him — degree programs he was not admitted to, grants he did not...

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Y is for You

Posted by on July 8, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on Y is for You

Y is for You

Y is for You. You’ve now had a chance to read twenty-four essays about writing. You’ve had the opportunity to answer questions about every topic, organizing your personal thoughts. Along the way, you’ve certainly found some advice that conflicts with your own knowledge or beliefs. You’ve read suggestions that will never work for you, given what you write, or how you write. And that’s okay. No writing advice book is perfect for all writers at all times. You’re not only allowed to disagree with the advice in this book, you’re encouraged to do...

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X is for (E)xposure

Posted by on July 1, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure. (Yeah, so sue me. Or give me an idea of another “X” word to write about.) Before an author publishes a book, they revise it, edit it, copyedit it, proofread it, and format it.  Through each of those iterations, the book becomes better and better. By the time it hits stores, it’s the best version of that book the author could write. But that’s not enough for the book to sell well. Rather, potential readers need to learn that the book exists. The author needs exposure. Once upon a time, authors were told that the only...

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A Baseball Love Story

Posted by on June 28, 2016 in all-star baseball romance bundle, catching hell, just one of those things, recent, special deals | Comments Off on A Baseball Love Story

A Baseball Love Story

Once upon a time, I knew nothing about baseball or its distaff cousin, softball. (Insert sad story about being chosen last for every ball game in elementary, middle, and high school.) Then I met my husband. Mark is a living encyclopedia of baseball. He studies Bill James’s Abstracts as bits of light reading. He was asked not to field any more questions at a Cooperstown Hall of Fame trivia contest because he knew all the answers. He lives, breathes, and loves baseball. When we met, Mark’s team was the Red Sox. Because I enjoyed...

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W is for Workspace

Posted by on June 24, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 4 comments

W is for Workspace

W is for Workspace. Every author has a preferred workspace. Lucky authors get to work under those conditions on a regular basis. Everyone else figure out ways to make do. A workspace has many elements.  First, authors have to have some way of setting down their words. Some people work with pen and paper. Others work on computers (including phones, tablets, and anything else that takes typed or tapped input.)  Others record their work, using programs to transcribe the spoken word into a file that can be edited later. Brainstorming is often...

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Two Times the Fun!

Posted by on June 23, 2016 in fright court, recent, super secret projects | Comments Off on Two Times the Fun!

Two Times the Fun!

I’ve been sitting on this news for way too long!  But today, I finally get to share a new project:  Magic Times Two! Yep!  That’s two books in one! More to the point, Magic Times Two is two full-length novels for the price of one! Want more information? * * * Magic Times Two: Two Books for the Price of One! A Unique Duo of Humorous paranormal romances by USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky and award-winning author Deborah Blake. Vampires! Witches! There’s magic afoot! In Mindy Klasky’s Fright Court, Sarah Anderson has...

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V is for Vanity Publishing

Posted by on June 17, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for vanity publishing. Once upon a time, it was easy to spot the vanity publishers (also known as vanity presses or subsidized publishers.)  They were the ones who advertised in magazines, promising to turn an author’s brilliant prose into printed books. They hinted at magnificent fame and fortune, all there for the asking—if only an author paid a large sum of money up front. As frustrating as vanity publishing was, it was easy to warn off new authors. More experienced folks could explain, “Money flows to the author.” If a publisher...

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U is for Ugly

Posted by on June 10, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly

U is for Ugly. There are some ugly truths about writing, things no one wants to talk about, no one wants to admit. I’m talking about the emotions we all try to hide away. What emotions?  How about: Anxiety (or its cousins, Fear and Frustration):  Some authors fear they’ll never be able to capture the stories they see inside their heads; they fear they don’t have the skill, the ability to communicate those images. Even when an author succeeds in transmitting their vision perfectly, they often feel frustrated by their inability to write faster...

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